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Fish and Aquatic Life
Ottertail Creek feeds into Douglas Creek. It is listed in the Wisconsin Trout Stream Book as a Class II trout fishery for some of its length, but its existing use is that of Class I trout stream (Lealos. 1993). The stream begins at Ottertail springs where there are private fish hatcheries. It is proposed that the headwaters area eventually be turned over to the public.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Wisconsin has over 84,000 miles of streams, 15,000 lakes and milllions of acres of wetlands. Assessing the condition of this vast amount of water is challenging. The state's water monitoring program uses a media-based, cross-program approach to analyze water condition. An updated monitoring strategy (2015-2020) is now available. Compliance with Clean Water Act fishable, swimmable standards are located in the Executive Summary of Water Condition in 2018. See also the 'monitoring and projects' tab.
Monitor Aquatic Biology
Conduct biological (mIBI or fIBI) monitoring on Ottertail Creek, WBIC: 2206500, AU:14624
Wisconsin's Water Quality Standards provide qualitative and quantitative goals for waters that are protective of Fishable, Swimmable conditions [Learn more]. Waters that do not meet water quality standards are considered impaired and restoration actions are planned and carried out until the water is once again fishable and swimmable
Management goals can include creation or implementation of a Total Maximum Daily Load analysis, a Nine Key Element Plan, or other restoration work, education and outreach and more. If specific recommendations exist for this water, they will be displayed below online.
Monitoring the condition of a river, stream, or lake includes gathering physical, chemical, biological, and habitat data. Comprehensive studies often gather all these parameters in great detail, while lighter assessment events will involve sampling physical, chemical and biological data such as macroinvertebrates. Aquatic macroinvertebrates and fish communities integrate watershed or catchment condition, providing great insight into overall ecosystem health. Chemical and habitat parameters tell researchers more about human induced problems including contaminated runoff, point source dischargers, or habitat issues that foster or limit the potential of aquatic communities to thrive in a given area. Wisconsin's Water Monitoring Strategy was recenty updated.
Grants and Management Projects
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|2206700||Ottertail Springs||10036581||Ottertail Creek - Area of Open Water||7/8/2010||9/10/2010||Map||Data|
|2206500||Ottertail Creek||10022286||Ottertail Creek 0.5m Downstream Of Colberg Rd. Culverts||11/7/2007||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2206500||Ottertail Creek||10021849||Ottertail Creek 20 M Upstream Of Ten Crossing Rd||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2206500||Ottertail Creek||10036581||Ottertail Creek - Area of Open Water||7/8/2010||9/10/2010||Map||Data|
Ottertail Creek is located in the Upper South Fork Jump River watershed which is 322.41 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (56.60%), wetland (34.60%) and a mix of grassland (5.20%) and other uses (3.50%). This watershed has 396.77 stream miles, 1,735.99 lake acres and 55,733.47 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium for runoff impacts on streams, Low for runoff impacts on lakes and Low for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Low. This value can be used in ranking the watershed or individual waterbodies for grant funding under state and county programs.However, all waters are affected by diffuse pollutant sources regardless of initial water quality. Applications for specific runoff projects under state or county grant programs may be pursued. For more information, go to surface water program grants.
Ottertail Creek is considered a Macroinvertebrate, Coldwater under the state's Natural Community Determinations.
Natural communities (stream and lake natural communities) represent model results and DNR staff valiation processes that confirm or update predicted conditions based on flow and temperature modeling from historic and current landscape features and related variables. Predicated flow and temperatures for waters are associated predicated fish assemblages (communities). Biologists evaluate the model results against current survey data to determine if the modeled results are corect and whether biological indicators show water quaity degradation. This analysis is a core component of the state's resource management framework. Wisconsin's Riverine Natural Communities.